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Phoneboy101

17 months ago

Hi, my name is Phoneboy.

I am trying to build a Linux-Computer for under $400. If you can get it to under $300 that would be cool. I will be using this PC for web browsing, tinkering, coding, etc. I will be running Linux Mint 19 (Which is a free).

So here are the details:

Budget : $400, or $300 if you can

For : web browsing, tinkering, coding, etc.

Currency : United States Dollar

Operating System: Not needed

Thats all.

Sincerely, Phoneboy

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is my current parts list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $98.89 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $80.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Case Thermaltake - Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $35.78 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - B3 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $374.53
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-29 22:33 EDT-0400
  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting an SSD, if at all possible, would greatly improve boot times, program load times (for those installed to the SSD), and general system "snappiness, in this respect. Even a lightweight Linux distribution will see a nice improvement from booting off a decent SSD vs. an HDD.

I would strongly recommend against purchasing EVGA's 450W B3 unit. The whole Super Flower vs RSY muddling (underlying OEMs for the guts of the PSU) makes it not worth the risk, since you could end up receiving a B3 that lacks very basic protection features.

Here's one possible revision:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $39.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Case Thermaltake - Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $35.78 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $32.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $418.52
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $398.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-30 01:35 EDT-0400

If you really want a modular PSU, that can be done, though I don't see airflow being a major issue for a low-power build, such as this one. The case you picked doesn't have a side panel window either, so there shouldn't be an aesthetic issue either. As far as the ease of setup goes, I don't see it being a big issue either.

Alternatively, if you don't mind throwing your upgrade path under the bus (and perhaps having a less power-efficient system), refurbished prebuilt systems are out there that would do the job, and be quite a bit cheaper and/or net you more for the price (except for the aforementioned caveats).

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

why an intel?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It's most likely not a big deal for a reasonably well-supported distribution such as Mint.

However, on some Linux distros, getting good drivers for the integrated graphics could be more of a pain with the Ryzen APU compared to Intel's integrated graphics, and none of the uses mentioned appeared to necessitate a superior integrated graphics solution.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Bump

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.15 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard Gigabyte - H310M A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $69.89 @ OutletPC
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $58.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec - 450W ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $316.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-30 02:31 EDT-0400

Has an NVMe SSD for a generally fast OS. That Pentium gold is the equivalent of a 7th generation i3. It's almost identical in performance and should be more than enough for your intended tasks.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

nice 1+

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